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The Tunisian Democratic Transition in Comparative Perspective – A Talk by Alfred Stepan

June 8, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

On the basis of his work on about 15 successful and failed democratic transitions throughout the world, Alfred Stepan will discuss some of the key political choices, such as mutual accommodation between moderate secularists and moderate Islamists, and consensual constitution making, which are helping to make Tunisia, like Indonesia, and Senegal, and unlike Egypt, a successful democratic transition.

Alfred Stepan is Wallace Sayre Professor of Government, the founding Director of the Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration, and Religion, and the Co-Director of the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life. He is the recipient of the Karl Deutsch Award of the International Political Science Association.

Previously, Professor Stepan was the founding Rector and President of Central European University in Budapest, Prague, and Warsaw, the former Director of the Concilium on International and Area Studies at Yale University, and Dean of the School of International Affairs at Columbia University. Professor Stepan was also Gladstone Professor of Government at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford.

He began his career as a Special Foreign Correspondent for The Economist. He is a specialist in democratic transitions and his works have been published in over fifteen languages. Among his many books are Problems of Democratic Transition and Consolidation: Southern Europe, South America and Post-Communist Europe and edited volumes on Indonesia and Turkey. His public commentary has appeared in The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, The Times Literary Supplement, and Foreign Affairs.

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June 8, 2015
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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